In celebration of his sixtieth birthday, Lincoln Center honors the boundless musical vision and virtuosity of John Zorn as one part of a larger, international celebration. A composer, performer, arranger, producer, improvisor, impresario, and MacArthur Fellow, Zorn has explored a vast and impressive spectrum of genres—including jazz, rock, hardcore punk, classical, klezmer, popular, and improvised, among many others—over the past four decades of his career. Performing everywhere from downtown nightclubs to prominent festivals around the world, the prolific artist has firmly established himself as a leading figure and champion of the experimental music movement.
The second evening turns the focus to Zorn’s six powerful works for string quartet, performed together in a single evening for the very first time, featuring three of New York’s boundary-pushing ensembles: the JACK Quartet, the Alchemy Quartet, and Brooklyn Rider.
“A limitless, tireless creative mind.”
—New York Times on John Zorn
“Zorn is indeed the point where all the trends of New York’s downtown music scene meet.”
“Finding any one label to define the man and his work is pretty well impossible, but that impossibility reveals just how important his music is.”
This performance is approximately two hours, with one intermission.